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KAL Downing / Aftermath #86377

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 14, 1983
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(Studio) Switzerland said joining international boycott on flights to and from USSR ; Soviet citizens said still unaware of boycott. Implications of Finland's support for strike noted. United States naval craft said still searching for KAL 007 black boxes in Sea of Japan.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Last leg of KAL flight reviewed; audio tapes between Anchorage air traffic controller and KAL pilot played, transcribed on screen. Possible cause of KAL pilot flying off course discussed; proximity of RC-135 US reconnaissance plane to KAL 007 considered. [Voice of United Nations TRANSLATOR - reads transcript of USSR pilot's remarks on KAL flight; comments transcribed on screen.] USSR noted maintaining that KAL plane was on spy mission. [Radio Moscow commentator Vladimir POSNER - claims plane was on espionage flight.] [Secretary of State George SHULTZ - considers that explanation preposterous.] [Former CIA deputy director Ray CLINE - believes incident highlights USSR mentality towards military perimeter.]
REPORTER: John McWethy

Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John

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